Posted: 10:22 am Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

‘American Idol’ limits voting for the first time 

By Rodney Ho

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Hollywood: Contestants compete in the all-new "Hollywood" episode of AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 FOX BROADCASTING.

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Hollywood: Contestants compete in the all-new “Hollywood” episode of AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 FOX BROADCASTING.

“American Idol” has always prided itself on enthusiastic fans and have encouraged them to vote as many times as they can. This enabled Ryan Seacrest during the salad days to tout the ridiculously high voting counts: 50 million! 60 million!

Back in the early days, this meant dialing as much as you could, which created controversy in the first few seasons when people were beset by busy signals. (Yes! Busy signals! Your 10 year old wouldn’t even know what that is!). Texting in recent seasons alleviated that problem but may have inflated the vote counts for the guys on a presumption (unproven but presumed) that teen girls went gaga over them.

Now there are online options to vote. But this season, “Idol” for the first time is limiting voting to 50 votes per contestant per each method. Most other shows, such as “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Voice” already limit voting.

This is potentially a good thing in terms of helping contestants that don’t generate much enthusiasm from younger viewers more apt to vote by text. Last year “Idol” enabled people to vote “en masse” up to 50 votes online easily, which probably negated the big texting contingent. Of course, last year, the male crew was so weak, it didn’t matter.

AT&T is no longer a sponsor so anyone can text in their votes on any carrier.

People this year will be able to vote by phone and text as well as three online choices: http://www.americanidol.com, the Idol app and Facebook.  Again, they appear to be limited to putting in 50 votes per contestants per option. Ultimately, that is still plenty of votes.

The show will pare down the 77 contestants tonight to probably around 45. From there, they will cut it down to 31, with two guys (spoilers already ID who they are) competing for public vote for one of the 15 male slots. The voting will happen on Thursday.

Another twist this year: not everyone will perform next week and there will be only one set of live semifinal shows next week before the final 13 are named on Feb. 20. (Most past seasons involved two or three weeks of semifinal rounds.)The fact not everyone will perform will certainly court controversy and buzz, something the show desperately needs.

Randy Jackson will appear for the first time next week to mentor, along with Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert.

The 13 finalists will include 10 picked by the public (top 5 guys, top 5 girls) and three more wild-card picks by each of the judges.

22 comments
DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Movin to the new entry.  Thanks Rodney

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

Okay. I just posted a blog entry for those of you who have electricity and are watching "Idol" live.

DanJohn
DanJohn

I liked Harry scolding the contestants!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

There may not be many of us here tonight

DanJohn
DanJohn

Is Idol going to be on two nights this week?

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Looking forward to something besides weather news.

MercedesS
MercedesS

We still have power, so I'm ready

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

If the local Fox station airing Access Hollywood is any indication, it looks like Idol will be on tonight.

BranchLoveless
BranchLoveless

Mrs. Loveless and I are still looking for someone worthy of 1 vote, let alone 50 of them.

Maybe tonight that contestant will appear to us!







cfish
cfish

Doesn't change the fact that this show has been fixed since season 3.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Now, if we only can see the show tonight...

200 000 Atlantans without power and more to come. Several ice-laden broken branches in my yard.

JTesla
JTesla

It makes sense. They won't have the big numbers to crow about, so place a limt to ease the pain.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

At least limiting the voting will get the chronic wgwg complainers to back off a bit.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@BranchLoveless  

I've seen a couple that I really like.  I have hardly ever picked my favorite during Hollywood Week and, If I do, he/she is usually eliminated early.  I don't think my finger is on the pulse of America.  ;-)

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@cfish LOL! Yup. Rigged. Of course. The producers were just SO excited to have Lee DeWyze win season 9.

JTesla
JTesla

That's some wishful thinking right there.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@JTesla That number will only go up. I am fortunate (for now). I still have power and Internet!